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Northwest Coast Formline Design: the Ovoid

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Published on Jan 24, 2013

Northwest Coast Formline Design is the traditional artwork of the people of Southeast Alaska and the Northwest Coast. This video is meant to showcase northern styles, particularly of the Haida and Tlingit people. This style of artwork has followed a set of evolving design rules over countless generations, and should be well understood by everyone who spends time on the coast.

This video shows the creation of an ovoid, and the many design options that can build off of this primary shape. It is meant to highlight basic design steps and methods, but the choices an artist makes in composition help determine individual and cultural styles.

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